Is this a victory? Not yet, but a good road has opened up nonetheless. Regardless, it does not mean that we are free to go back to our usual “freedom of speech” and “freedom of expression” world. Until the law is repealed, or the highly questionable parts of it (which is technically almost all of it), we are not yet free. So don’t test them.
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 9, stopped the implementation of the controversial cybercrime law, insiders said.
In a unanimous verdict, the High Tribunal issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, the same insiders added.
The Court also asked the respondent government officials as well as the Solicitor General to respond in 10 days. The respondents include Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, among others.
The TRO will last 120 days. Thus the oral arguments on the case will be held on Jan 15, 2013.